Hardwood Floor - Flooring Board Widths and Installation
Patterns - Part 2
Your hardwood floor installation pattern will shape the look of the floor, the
placement of furniture and also the movement in the room. On the other hand,
the limited installation patterns are hugely different from each other. So, a
considered choice is required. Here is a brief description of these patterns.
Straight Pattern: The most common and primary of the installation pattern
is straight. Hardwood floor, flooring boards are installed parallel to each
other along with the length or width of the room. This pattern is used to
create simple and contemporary designs, enhancing the original look of the
hardwood floor. Being the most simple and easy, the straight pattern is also
the least expensive of the presently available installation patterns. All the
other patterns are costly because of consumption of extra wood and additional
charges for longer installation time.
Random Pattern: The random pattern is installed in a straight-forward,
parallel design, but involves a mixture of hardwood floor flooring boards with
different widths. You can choose the ratio of wide and narrow boards. This
pattern often results in cost savings. The flooring will have a rustic look,
with added movement to the room and energetic feel.
Diagonal Pattern: This pattern adds a formal touch of luxury to a room
without drifting away from a traditional straight installation of a hardwood
floor. Flooring boards are installed parallel to each other but laid at a 45
degree angle to the walls.
Parquet Pattern: Parquet installation is the laying of wood flooring
planks in a repeated geometric pattern. This pattern results in a hardwood
floor with the appearance of a checkerboard, sometimes with more complex
patterns within each checkerboard square. Additionally, the variety in patterns
is practically limitless. The parquet pattern gives a very distinct and
sophisticated look to a room. Traditional parquet installation is expensive and
rare. It has now been replaced with prefabricated square modules with parquet
patterns laid out in a wood veneer.
Herringbone pattern: In a herringbone pattern, the hardwood floor strips
of are laid in a diagonal zigzag plan that looks like a twilled fabric. This
pattern can be laid out in the traditional manner or with square modules, like
the parquet design.
Finishing Touches: The installation patterns of the hardwood floor are
completed or furnished with a perimeter border and other decorative touches
like mosaic medallions. These furnishings are made of wood, natural stone, or
alternative materials like glass and metal tiles. The perimeter border frames
the room, separating it from adjacent spaces and adding formality to it. Inlays
like mosaics add custom individuality to a room.